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Baseball Beginnings on Henry Owens, No. 36, Red Sox

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June 6, 2011

Today the Boston Red Sox selected Henry Owens in the supplemental round (#36 overall) in the 2011 MLB Draft. Baseball Beginnings has been scouting Owens from the start of the draft cycle. Enjoy links to the content we have published on him through the year.

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Scouting Video: Henry Owens, LHP, Edison (CA) HS (2011 Draft)

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April 13, 2011

Henry Owens is a funny guy who is probably sick of seeing Aflac video of himself, but at least they didn’t run him over with the train in the commercial. I’m a funny guy, too, which partly explains why I haven’t felt like driving all the way down to get a new look at him. The good thing is, if I go, I won’t have to bring my own speed-recording device because there will be several of them trained on him. Or I could wait till he gets to the University…of…Miami…I think I should go to Orange County.

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Scouting Video: Henry Owens, LHP, Edison (CA) HS (2011 Draft)

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February 24, 2011

I’m going to guess that there will be a good 30 scouts in to see Henry Owens when he makes his first high school start of the season. At this point in the draft cycle, there are no surprises among the top players available, and what you have is nothing but a horse race. That first start is hugely important for high school pitchers in the draft cycle. If they come out and their velocity is down, word spreads faster than these guys can text. The same if a guy is good. I hate to use Henry as the lab rat to make my point, but hey, he doesn’t need me to tell him that. He was 89-91 playing catch last week. Here he is last summer, when some of the projection and improvement really started to kick in.

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2011 Draft Pitching Prospects at MLSB Showcase

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February 13, 2011

Only the strong survive when it comes to keeping track of the pitchers. Guess what? There are a few sleepers on this list. That’s good because there aren’t a lot of pro-ready arms here. This is a year for pitching projection, and it separates all sorts of evaluators, between those who go off performance, and those who look for the correct signs to more accurately look into the future.

It’s not fair to compare the 2011 group to the 2010 group, which had tons of draft quality high school arms who were closer to going out. It was a good year…Covey, Tago, Taijuan…I remember it well. This year, Henry Owens is the lone slam dunk first rounder. Everyone else? I got my crystal ball in fine working order.

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First Look: 2011 Draft Prospects (High School Pitchers)

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September 28, 2010

Yes, the 2010 Draft cycle was bountiful for high school pitching. A ton of guys were putting 90s and better up in the summer before the draft. That’s not the case this year, where the big arms really stand out. If you’re really a devotee of the scouting arts and not completely reliant on the radar gun to make your decisions for you, you will find some guys on this list who won’t be 86-88 in a few years. Which ones? Anyone’s guess. But use projection, look at arm speed, look at body, look for smoothness and you will find the big leaguers who come from the masses.

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Scouting Update/Video: Henry Owens, LHP, Edison (CA) HS (2011 Draft)

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September 7, 2010

Henry Owens is no secret. Nine months before the 2011 draft, his status as a first-round talent is probably his to lose. Here at Beginnings, we’ve already seen him more than most, dating back to the 2009 Area Codes, 2009 Fall Ball, 2010 High School, and 2010 summer season. He’s a lefty’s lefty, easy and free-spirited, and he’s got a few physical qualities and intangibles that are signs that he is potentially a long-term pro. 

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Bradley Throws Bullets at Aflac

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August 15, 2010

SAN DIEGO – With apologies to anyone else in this baseball game, right-hander Archie Bradley is an absolute horse.

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Area Codes Game 17: I’m Giving Him the Home Run

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August 9, 2010

Sometime in this game, left-handed hitting outfielder Billy Flamion smoked a ball high and deep down the left field line. The ball got out of here in a split second. The ball was ruled foul.

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Area Codes Game 1: Lopes, Harrison, Owens pick up where they left off

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August 5, 2010

Three of Southern California’s top 2011 draft prospects picked up where they left off in the 2010 draft cycle in the Area Codes opener Thursday at Blair Field.

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Scouting Video: Henry Owens, LHP, Edison HS (2011 Draft)

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June 19, 2010

Left-hander Henry Owens should be one of the best high school arms in Southern California for the 2011 Draft and will likely be on the national radar entering the new draft cycle. We will have plenty on him in the coming months, but here is an introductory look based on an outing last spring in which he was effective with fastball command and curveball against Marina’s Chad Lewis.

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